This three day trek of lofty Wilder Kaiser Range is a fantastic trip—filled with verdant Alpine pastures, steep climbs, breathtaking ridge walks and astounding views. Expect narrow and steep paths and rock scramble sections with cables to protect you from a sheer vertical drop. The craggy rock formations around Schleier Waterfall offer challenging routes to extreme climbers. Physical fitness, endurance, experience and sure-footedness are needed for this strenuous scramble. But your reward is miles of ridge walking with views among the best in the country. The views of Predigtstuhl Mountain, prominent Rettenstein Peak and Hohe Tauern Range keep you entertained while the ups and downs along the ridgeline keep your legs working.
Car Park at the Toll Road into Kaiserbachtal Valley
Rummlerhof Inn, St. Johann
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 2,210m
Vertical metres downhill 2,285m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
Day 1: Kaiserbachtal – Feldberg – Stripsenjochhaus Lodge
Follow the toll road that leads from the car park into Kaiserbachtal Valley for around one kilometer until you reach a junction. Take the right fork onto Almweg Trail to Obere Scheibenbühelalm. Having passed Obere Scheibenbühelalm Alpine Pasture Hut, the trail emerges onto a narrow path that crosses the long crest of Scheibenbühelberg Ridge up to 1,813-meter Feldberg Peak. At some sections there are cables to protect you from a sheer vertical drop. After all that work some time on top is highly recommended—the panorama is worth every one of the painful steps it took to get here. The walk continues along the ridge, with a steady climb taking you atop Stripsenkopf with its lookout pavilion at an elevation of 1,807 meters. A steep path brings you down to Stripsenjochhaus Lodge, your home for that night.
Day 2: Stripsenjochhaus Lodge – Ellmauer Tor – Gaudeamus Hut
Day two takes you into the sublime high country! From Stripsenjochhaus Lodge, walk down a few meters to Wildanger until you reach the trailhead of Eggersteig, with nothing but boulders and scree waiting to be conquered. The most difficult part of this hike, this narrow path is an exposed scramble that leads to Steinerne Rinne, a rocky gully. There, prepare for some serious work. The incline gets steeper while the terrain gets rougher. The steep grade will keep you warm as you follow narrow switchbacks up, up, up to Ellmauer Tor at an elevation of 2,006 meters; some sections have permanently fixed cables for protection. Pause for a well-earned rest. The final section with loose rock and boulders follows an Alpine path down to Gaudeamus Hut.
Special Tip: If you like to scale another, relatively easy summit, head on from Ellmauer Tor and summit Hintere Goinger Halt (2,192 meters). The ascent is a rock scramble that takes some 50 minutes to complete; off trail experience and sure-footedness needed.
Day 3: Gaudeamus Hut – Schleier Waterfall - Rummlerhof Inn in St. Johann
As you climb from Gaudeamus Hut, the trees thin, first turning to stunted sub-alpine firs then suddenly disappearing into open talus slopes and scattered dwarf pine fields. At the same time, breathtaking views open around you as you climb above Baumgartnerköpfl Peak, famous for its ‘Mountaineer’s Grave’. The descent to tiny Stiegenbach Waterfall has few switchbacks and winds down across scree and talus slopes. The jagged rock formations around Schleier Waterfall offer challenging routes to extreme climbers. The route continues with the slightly challenging traverse of Diebsöfen Cave. From there, a gentle forest road takes you to Rummlerhof Inn, the destination end of this wonderful three day trek.
A beautiful, optional detour awaits you on the descent to Stiegenbach Waterfall at Ackerl Hut: At the junction take the upper fork toward Granderalm. Shortly before reaching this Alpine pasture hut, “Leiterl” (short metal rungs) will take you to up to Schleier Waterfall.